Neighborhood Watch: Sex Offender Sent Packing
As New Yorkers, most of us guard our own right to privacy rather
jealously and prefer not to pry into our neighbor's lives. However,
there are times when safety must come first.
Several articles by Rod Dreher in the NY Post in May detailed the
experiences that residents at Embassy House, 301 E. 47th Street,
had with one of their neighbors, a recently paroled sex offender
convicted 14 years ago of assaults on several girls aged 5-7. In
addition to being home to many small children, this apartment building
is located directly across from Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Park, where
numerous children play.
When the police notified the TBA, we immediately notified the Community.
The residents of the Embassy House went right to work. Result: the
parolee moved out very quickly. If you would like more detailed
data on this topic, the website maintained by the New York City
Sex Offender Registry can help (www.criminaljustice.state.ny.us/nsor).
This site maintains information about convicted sex offenders considered
by the state to be at "high risk" of committing similar
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